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Old 01-06-2012, 05:57 PM   #1
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Hi there! I am having one heck of a time with ribbon these days! I put up a curtain rod in my space and it holds lots of ribbon. Only problem is that when I go to grab one, the ones near it start spinning and before you know it, I am not crafting anymore but now spending my time rolling it back onto the roll! How do you keep that from happening?? I thought about getting little binder clips and clipping in between each one so that they are a little more stable but I don't know if that will do the trick. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:21 PM   #2
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how about getting pins (I like the ones with the round colored heads) and pinning the ends into the roll, then when you are ready for a color just take out the pin and cut your ribbon. I would keep a piece of foam or small magnet on the wall to keep the pin so you dont' lose it.
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I find pins leave rust marks. Tape leaves residue.

paperclips might help but might cause a wrinkle.

Two things I can think of are using double sided velcro strips wrapped around or cutting a slit in the rolls and passing the end through to lock it off, like a cotton reel.
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:19 AM   #4
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Well, I got some of the small binder clips and they work great. Problem is that they take up lots of room...for each roll, a binder clip on each side takes up about 3 rolls worth of space. For now, this is fine because I only have probably 8 rolls of ribbon, but as I get more, I am going to have to come up with something new. I have this vision in my mind of little clear plastic clippy looking things that I have seen somewhere but I don't know what they are or what they are used for. I will have to start going through my husbands tool dresser to find what they are!
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What about the smallest size Zots? I think the residue would come off from those if you didnt push it real hard into the ribbon fibers.

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If you get brass pins or stainless steel pins, they won't leave rust marks.

I paperclip my ribbon to the tagboard circle, right on the edge. It doesn't leave a crease at all. The only problem is the cheapo rolls don't have room to fasten a paperclip to.

If I was using a rod like you are doing, I would probably use the pins. But I'd get a good quality fine pin from the sewing department, not from general crafts.
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I had the same problem! I had my spools on dowels in a plastic box. I moved them to larger dowels that I hung across pegboard hangars. I couldn't come up with a solution to fix the problem. I also didn't want to go with one of those ribbon totes with the holes. They are cute, but I kept watching people fight tangles. I ended up putting my spools (overflow ribbon) in drawers and anything three yards or shorter went on a Ribbon Ring.

I love the Ribbon Ring--even though I think it's completely overpriced for a few large O-rings and bunch of pieces of flimsy plastic. I have a lot more ribbon than plastic pieces. Even as frugal (cheap) as I am, I will soon break down and order more.
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Every solution for ribbon storage I've seen previously took up too much space and/or required expensive "stuff" or had some other setback to it, so I ended up dong what you see in the attached thumbnail. Before I did my "color drawers", I had the same concept going, but the ribbons were in clamshell cases like the SU wood-mounted sets come in. If I'd seen Becca Feeken's solution before I'd already done this, I'd have followed her lead, for sure!
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I think painter's tape will work just as well and no residue either.
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I followed Becca's blog and I did the same thing to my ribbon. I now have over 200 rolls of ribbon stored in an 9x9x9ish ---three-drawer plastic cabinet. So much simpler and I purchased a travel flat iron from the drugstore to iron any wrinkles out as I use the ribbon.

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Stupid question--what kind of curtain rod did you use? I love the idea...I have it on a dowel rod right now and it's kinda messy and the rod is not standing up to the weight of the ribbon and I'd love an idea to replace it
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I am just using a cheapo walmart white metal expanding curtain rod I think I paid $2.99 for it. It holds up fine with the ribbon that I have and fit's perfectly in my craft area which is quite small. The binder clip thing is working out well for me, my only complaint is that with a binder clip on each side of the ribbon spool, it takes up the space of 2 more ribbon spools. I have not had any come undone since I have done that though. When I say that I have a small craft area, I am talkin' SMALL. I have a cabinet above that holds my stamps and then I have 3 drawers for "stuff" to the side, I have a standing plastic tower of drawers with 4 drawers and that is it. It is off of the kitchen and it is supposed to be for a computer, just a little desk like to sit and pay bills with or something like that. Sad thing is, I have an entire room that I could use as a craft room but I don't like to be tucked away from the rest of the house. I like to sit where I can hear the TV and still talk to my kids and husband.
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How about a glue dot to hold the end?
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Have you considered switching to a different style of ribbon holder? I did the rod style for a while but, like you, was having trouble with it.

I posted a picture on another ribbon organizer thread that is made out of wood and has shelves with small lips to prevent the ribbon from falling off. This way I can take the spool out, use it, and easily put it back!
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Thanks for sharing Becca's idea - genius!

Pinned it for future reference.
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I think I do like Becca's system! I just showed it to my husband, I think it will save me some trouble. I could swap out my current curtain rod for something sturdier and put my punches on it! Thanks for the tips!
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I have done the dowel then curtain rod now I use rain gutters screw onto wall that way when i run out of a robbon I dont have to take them all off to remove the empty roll in the middle and for my yard ribbon that is not on a roll i attach each to a safty pin and put them on a large ring and hang out in the open so i can see it and use it
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I love the ring idea! Gonna try that now...
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anyone else have storage ideas i can steal
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I was fortunate enough to have gotton a few of the Clip It Up Ribbon Organizer when Scrapbook.com had them on sale for $9.99 during this last holiday season. I haven't put them up yet though....LOL!!

Not sure if this will help with your situation as I'm having a hard time picturing the curtain rod deal...but these clips are plastic, so it won't leave marks:

Cropper Hopper Ribbon Clips Assorted Colors : binders, envelopes & accessory : multi-purpose craft storage : storage : Shop | Joann.com

I also have used the Cropper Hopper Embellishment boxes to store my "designer" ribbon that I only have 2-4 yards of....The end of the ribbon hangs out of the box so that you can see what ribbon it is.

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scrapbooksteals.com has the clip it up ribbon organizer (not as good as the scrapbook.com price during the holidays) at a good price

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Hi there! I am having one heck of a time with ribbon these days! I put up a curtain rod in my space and it holds lots of ribbon. Only problem is that when I go to grab one, the ones near it start spinning and before you know it, I am not crafting anymore but now spending my time rolling it back onto the roll! How do you keep that from happening?? I thought about getting little binder clips and clipping in between each one so that they are a little more stable but I don't know if that will do the trick. Any suggestions? Thanks!
That happened to me too, I made a ribbon shelf out of foamcore and I have directions on my blog: Let’s Make a Ribbon Shelf! Thefrugalcrafter’s Weblog

I do pin down the ends. Use stainless steel pins so they will not rust
I can totally sympathize with the spinning dowel and piles of ribbon on the floor, ha ha
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Wow, lots of great ideas here. Thanks everyone for sharing. I use pins for most of my ribbons and have never had one rust. That is odd.
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Have you tried wrapping a rubberband around it? (Around the actual ribbon between the cardboard top and bottom where the company name, etc. is.)
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I have my ribbon on 2 curtain rods (the dowel style that you can expand by twisting it) and I use pins to hold my ribbon ends in place. Just for the reason you named....when I would unspool one, the one or two next to it would start to unspool and it drove me crazy! LOL
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I was also going to suggest using a rubber band on the roll -- I would get the big wide ones so they wouldn't leave a mark. I ended up taking most of my ribbon off the rolls and used the ribbon ring system. Those are now attached to a wire dress form -- she has quite the colorful skirt!
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